California Defensive end Aiva makes "solid" commitment to Utah
From the Salt lake Tribune: Myron Aiava, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Westminster H.S. in Westminster, California has committed to the Utes.
Aiava gave the Utes a commitment while in Salt Lake City participating in a camp at the university.
"The cohesiveness of the coaches are what I liked," he said. "They not only care about you as a football player but as a person."
Aiava has relatives in the area and has visited several times so he was familiar with the area. He said is commitment was solid.
Scout.com lists Aiva as being 6'6" and weighing in at 270. DNews interviewed him and lists him as 6'5' 270lbs:
Myron Aiava knew relatively little about Utah's program other than its recent BCS success when Ute coaches first contacted him around three months ago.
"Seeing how they play and how well (Utah) played in those (bowl) games — that's the type of program I want to play for," said Aiava. "I love how Utah plays defense and how they coach their players. It's definitely the type of defense I want to be a part of."
Aiava is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end prospect who largely flew under the radar up until his Utah commit. He had received a lot of interest from Washington, San Jose State and Nevada.
Aiava committed to Utah after attending the program's elite camp on Monday. While pure football reasons played a huge role in his decision, Utah's family atmosphere is what ultimately won him over.
"That's the best thing about Utah, in my mind — it's just a real close family here, and it's probably the main reason why I chose to commit," said Aiava. "I love the Utah coaches and how they respect you as a person."
Coach Kyle Whittingham pitched a lot of things to Aiava during the recruiting process, but the focus was always on education and personal growth.
"That's the most important thing to me, and I love how coach's focus is on that because it lets me know that it's more than just football at Utah — it's a lot more," said Aiava.